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Training to Exhaustion and Lifelong fitness (Jack Lalanne)

Wednesday, September 09, 2020


You may not know or remember Jack Lalanne. In the 1950's, he invented a number of exercise machines, was a body builder, but most importantly, he had a long running exercise tv show and nationwide gyms which, for the first time, encouraged women to exercise.

He was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist, which influenced him to eat a vegetarian diet with many fresh fruits and vegetables in his diet. Later, he incorporated a small amount of fish in his evening meal, only.

Jack lived to be 96 and throughout his life worked out two hours a day! You may think that his best feats were in his youner years, but you would be wrong. Here, courtesy of Wikipedia, are his amazing accomplishments AFTER he was 60:

1976 (age 62) – To commemorate the "Spirit of '76", United States Bicentennial, he swam one mile (1.6 km) in Long Beach Harbor. He was handcuffed and shackled, and he towed 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.[37]
1979 (age 65) – towed 65 boats in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan. He was handcuffed and shackled, and the boats were filled with 6,500 lb (2,950 kg; 460 st) of Louisiana Pacific wood pulp.[38]
1980 (age 66) – towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida. The boats carried 77 people, and he towed them for over one mile (1.6 km) in less than one hour.[citation needed]
1984 (age 70) – handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds and currents, he towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, from the Queen's Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 mile.[39]

One thing Jack did when exercising was to work out with weights repeatedly until his muscles were fatigued--he couldn't do it anymore. Today, that is called "training to failure." Today, I am raking leaves in a rapid manner and hauling loads to my garden where it will smother the weeds and feed the plants organically. Yesterday, I was able to do this for 45 minutes. Today I hope to do it longer. I want to run/walk (wogging, I call it) until I can't anymore--not just stop at the 30 minutes whether I'm tired or not.

I have been thinking alot about people who are able to be fit and strong in their later lives.I am building my endurance for running and trying to work all my muscle groups so I can do the things I enjoy later in life--swimming, hiking, canoeing/kayaking. By working all my muscle groups, I will be less likely to injure myself. I want to be able to grow my own food, paint my house, wash my floors--basically age in place. I can see my stamina increase with daily exercise and hard work on the farm. You can't do that if you are sedentary and wonder years later why your body won't work right. It's never too late to change--I know I have since I began my later-in-life journey to peak health.

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  • HIPPICHICK1
    Yes!! Include yoga along with the weight training and cardio and you’re going to be fit for life!
    45 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Great blog. I remember Jack and thought he was such a wonderful example for all of us.
    46 days ago
  • SUSMANNIE
    Wog on! I am beginning to see how important this is and am making changes to include more exercise and movement.

    I watched Jack LaLanne shows in the 60's. I used to exercise to them when I was about 12 years old. Remember his dog?
    46 days ago
  • GIRLINMOTION
    I just learned that term "training to failure" and it helps me not feel bad about what I am doing if I can't get a whole set in. Failure you would think would be negative, but in this case I really feel it is a positive.
    46 days ago
  • MOLLIEMAC
    I'm with you every step and lift of the way; keep on keeping on!!!!
    47 days ago
  • LETSGOPLAY
    As I get older this is exactly what I want- to be able to continue to move! To play. To dance.
    You have a good idea with the wogging too- it is where I am at with walking and running. I think the intervals should be a guide and I think you also have the right idea to do it to fatigue. Kids play like that!

    It is so funny that it is called ageing in place.. as we want to be flexible. But I know what you mean!
    47 days ago
  • AKA_TROUBLE
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    47 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    Awright!

    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!

    The height of my goals will not hold me in awe, though I may stumble often before they are reached.
    Og Mandino
    47 days ago
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